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: 8-Day Discovery Secret South Of Thailand

Adult ฿37,000฿35,500
Child (4-12 yrs) 

27,000

Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. Its area is 739 km², and it includes the 165 square kilometer Cheow Lan Lake contained by the Ratchaprapha Dam. The park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is a remnant of rain forest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon rainforest.

    • Khao Sok National Park
    • Koh Ngai 
    • Mu Koh Chumphon National Park
    • Koh Chuek – Kho Kradan – Koh Mook
    • Phang Nga Bay – Koh Panyi
    • Khaolak

 

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Jungle Trekking, Lake Discovery, Sightseeing
    • Activity Level Challenging
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the 8-Day Discovery Secret South Of Thailand.
    • Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. Its area is 739 km², and it includes the 165 square kilometer Cheow Lan Lake contained by the Ratchaprapha Dam. The park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is a remnant of rain forest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon rainforest.
    • Cheow Lan Lake or Rajjaprabha Dam Reservoir is in Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. It is an 185-square-kilometre (71 sq mi) artificial lake, inaugurated in 1987 with the construction of Rajjaprabha Dam by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) as a source of electricity. Rajjaprabha Dam, meaning ‘light of the kingdom’, got its name in May 1987 from the king at the opening ceremony on the king’s 60th birthday. Before that day it was called the “Cheow Lan Project”. It was designed as a multi-purpose project for power generation, flood control, irrigation, and fishery. In 1982, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) started construction of the dam by diverting the Klong Saeng River. It took about one year to completely. To flood this large area, 385 families of Ban Cheow Lan village were resettled. Rubber and other farming opportunities such as poultry, fruit orchards, vegetable farming, and reservoir fisheries were introduced together with the needed training programs and credit facilities to sustain farmers’ incomes.
    • Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from south clockwise) Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Krabi, and Surat Thani. The name of the province derives from its Pali–Sanskrit name Nagara Sri Dhammaraja (City of the Sacred Dharma King), which in Thai pronunciation becomes Nakhon Si Thammarat.
    The tour video, inclusions, exclusions, cancellation policy and remark
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Private English speaking guide (during the whole stay) (Note: other languages available)
    • Accommodation in selected hotels, in air-conditioned room with bath/shower.
    • Overnight with breakfast in all mentioned hotels
    • Transport: Luxury air-conditioned minivan, with private driver.
    • Meals as indicated in itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), and Dinner (D)
    • All excursions as described in itinerary
    • Admission fees to the mentioned sites
    • Basic insurance covering our responsibilities
    • One bottle of water per person and per day
    • Basic accident insurance
    Not includedItems that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International and domestic airline tickets and airport taxes
    • Other meals and services than mentioned in the itinerary
    • Any private expenses
    • Gratitude/Tips to local guides, drivers and porters
    • Insurance (personal and travel)
    • All beverage
    • Early check-in or late check-out
    • Optional tours
    • All other services not mentioned in our itinerary
    Cancellation Policy

    We require 7 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled arrival, otherwise we will charge you cancellation fee as below.

    • 70% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes less than 7 days but not less than 5 days before your scheduled arrival.
    • 100% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes less than 5 days before your scheduled arrival.
    Remark
    • All programs are included national park fee
    • All programs are subject to change depend on the weather condition
    • Minimum 2 persons is required to operate above tour programs
    • All times given above are varies.

    Important information

    • All Guests undertaking a tour and staying at Khaosok Discovery must have personal travel insurance for the duration of their stay at Khaosok Discovery program.
    • Khaosok Discovery tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4. Khaosok Discovery does not accept responsibility for children under the age of 4, pregnant women, people of ill health or anyone who is suffering from any congenital disease, sickness or injury unknown to Khaosok Discovery prior to arrival.
    Tour itinerary

    Day 1 Surat Thani – Khao Sok National Park (Lunch/Dinner)
    This trip can start to pick up at Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, at the airport, bus, or train station in Surat Thani, you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to Khao Sok National Park. You will start your journey with a 3-hour walk in the national park to discover and enjoy the beautiful tropical forest. We’ll continue the trip by canoe along the Khao Sok river for 7 kilometers, then have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you’ll spend the afternoon with the elephants, learning about the care and feeding of these majestic animals. We’ll make a late afternoon transfer to the Phutawan Raft House for check-in and dinner.

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    Day 2 Khao Sok National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    Early rising is highly recommended to see the sun rise over the mountains and and breathe the fresh air before breakfast.
    At 08:00, you will be transferred by long-tail boat for sightseeing amongst the stunning limestone mountains You’ll also view incredible limestone pillars rising from the sea. We’ll continue by a safari walk of approximately 1 km. to a bamboo raft to see Pakarang Cave (Coral Cave). This well-named cavern is full of stalagmites and stalactites resembling undersea corals and is quite impressive. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to the raft house for relaxing and swimming before dinner.

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    Day 3 Khao Sok – Nakhon Si Thammarat – Pattalung (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    After breakfast, you’ll check-out from the Phutawan Raft House and we’ll travel to Phra Mahathat, the most important temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat and southern Thailand. It was constructed at the time of the founding of the town, and contains a tooth, a relic of Buddha. The 78 m. high chedi is surrounded by 173 smaller ones. While the chedi is now in Sri Lankan style, it is said to be built on top of an earlier Srivijaya style chedi. The chedi was renovated in early 2009 and now appears like new.

    At the base of the chedi is a gallery named Viharn Tap Kaset, decorated with many Buddha statues and elephant heads. Viharn Phra Song Ma are the buildings which contain the staircase which leads to a walkway around the chedi. At the bottom of the staircase are demon giants (yak) standing as guardians. Adjoining to the north is the Viharn Kien, which contains a small temple museum.

    South of the chedi is the large Ubosot building, the Viharn Luang. The monks’ living quarters are across the street in a separate temple, Wat Na Phra Borommathat.
    The chedi is the symbol of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, present on the seal of the province. It can also be seen on the Thai 25-satang coin.
    In the vicinity of the temple, we can visit a local market, where you’ll find interesting silver, brass and buffalo skin puppets, among many other handicrafts and exotic foods.
    Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then we’ll continue to Pattalung and check-in at the Pakpra Lagoon Resort.
    Enjoy swimming and relaxing until dinner. Overnight in the Pakpa Lagoon Resort.

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    Day 4 Pattalung – Trang – Koh Ngai (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    We’ll make at 06:00 start to the day with a stunning long-tail sunrise boat cruise in the Thale Noi Lagoon. Here you’ll see a beautiful view of the sunrise, and thousands of birds hunting for their breakfasts, often lighting upon wallowing buffalo. Many lotus blossoms around the lagoon provide a quiet riot of color and form.
    The tour will be around 2 hours long, Then we’ll go back to the hotel for breakfast. You’ll have a chance to rest a bit before checking out at about 09:30. We’ll journey to the Pak Meng pier at Trang for lunch at 12:00. Join boat departure to Koh Ngai island. Check in at Koh Ngai resort, then time for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing before dinner and overnight.

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    Day 5 Koh Ngai – Koh Chuek – Kho Kradan – Koh Mook – Koh Ngai (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    After breakfast, we’ll depart around 10:00 for a boat trip to visit Koh Chuek, Koh Kradan and Koh Mook (Emerald Cave). Koh Mook has a secret, sunlit, beach that can only be entered by swimming or boating through the cave. You’ll watch the monkeys agilely scale the cliff walls surrounding the beach. Afterwards, we’ll go back to the hotel for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing before dinner.

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    Day 6 Koh Ngai – Krabi (Breakfast/Lunch)
    Morning check-out and then onwards to Krabi. We’ll enjoy a local lunch on the road, then visit the Emerald Pool (a lesser-known Krabi attraction), the hot springs and Tiger Cave Temple. Late afternoon check-in at the Golden Beach Resort near town center at Aonang beach. Your evening’s entertainment and dinner are at your discretion…enjoy discovering Krabi on your own!

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    Day 7 Krabi – 4 Islands – Krabi (Breakfast/Lunch)
    08:30 pick up from the hotel will take you to the speed boat trip for a 4-island tour. Visit the most beautiful part from the Andaman sea at Krabi bay. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and relaxing with a local lunch and then back late afternoon. For an evening have dinner in the hotel.

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    Day 8 Krabi – Phang Nga Bay – Koh Panyi – Phuket or Khao Lak (Breakfast/Lunch)
    After breakfast, you’ll check-out and we’ll continue on to visit Phang Nga Bay by long-tail boat. You’ll view more than 200 limestone karst pillars, near the water cave Tam Lod. A visit to Koh Panyi follows, an island of 200 fishermen’s floating houses, for fresh seafood lunch. Next, an afternoon visit to exciting Ping Kan, the famous James Bond Island. Late afternoon transfer to Phuket for evening flight at Krabi , Phuket airport for your departure or check in at the hotel, as per your requirements at Phuket or Khao Lak.

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    Hotel for this programs

    We provide simply comfortable tents. You can spend time and find a new experience with nature. Wonderful mountain location. Watch the sun rise and set over the Mountains and enjoy a fresh and relaxing atmosphere every morning.

        Amenities:

    • Individual air conditioning
    • Electric Kettle completed with tea and instant coffee
    • Complimentary breakfast
    • Flashlight
    • Thai style desk with lamp
    • Refrigerator with complimentary bottled water
    • Private balcony with panoramic of hill side view
    • Free Wi-Fi in guest room
    • Private bathroom with heater, soap, herbal shampoo and towels.
    • Outside swimming pool with 4.50 * 10.00 meters.
    • Khaosok Discovery offers special kids’ rates all year round to children from 4 years of age up to their 12th birthday (tour departure date), as long as they are accompanied by at least one full paying adult and share the bed with their parents.
    • Please understand that we cannot accept children younger than 4 years of age.

    Our chefs are more than happy to prepare vegetarian, vegan, halal, extra spicy or any kind of other meals for you on request. Furthermore, we also offer special dishes for guests with food allergies. Please state your dietary needs and requests when placing your booking.

    We include all transfers to and from your hotel location from Phuket, Khao Lak in our tour packages, as long as you stick to our joint transfer times. Transfer options are Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Khanom, Don Sak Pier and even Koh Samui (incl. land transfer on Samui!). All these transfers can be combined at additional surcharge, so pick up e.g. on Phuket and drop off at your hotel on Samui is possible without any problems. Please mention the detail when placing you booking.

    Generally, we do pick you up at the hotel lobby between 7am and 10am (exception being Koh Samui, where pick up is at 6am already, in order to reach the ferry to the mainland on time). When booking, we are happy to offer you an estimated pick up time on request – and we’ll always confirm with the exact pick up time to your hotel one day before your Khaosok Discovery adventure commences.

    To travel to join Khaosok Discovery from Bangkok, we suggest two options:

    • Plane:
      Option 1, Surat Thani Airport- 2hrs transfer time to Khaosok Boutique Camps (additional surcharge will be applicable). If you book the early flight, you can be able to join the program. But, you can either have a pre-night at the Khaosok Boutique Camps with the later flight then you can join the adventure program on the next day.Option 2, Phuket Airport- 3hrs transfer time to join Khaosok Discovery adventure Domestic flight arriving Phuket International Airport before 09.00 am is part of our scheduled join transfer at no surcharge! (You can also arrange private transfer to comfort your trip)
    • Train:
      Take the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, arriving 07:21am. Our driver will await you at the train station and transfer you out to Khaosok Boutique Camps – transfer is additional surcharge. Please note that due to frequent delays of the train, our driver usually arrives at the train station at 8am. Should you arrive earlier than this, please be a little patient and wait for our driver to arrive.
    • To transfer you out to Koh Samui, we will drive you to Don Sak Pier, including the ferry ticket for you, ensure that you board the correct ferry, and have a driver waiting for you on Samui Island, who transfers you to your according hotel. All of this is can be arranged as the additional private service on request with surcharge.
    • Pick up on Koh Samui is possible as well, trip will be vice versa, and again there will be a surcharge as a private transfer service. Please just be aware that this is a rather early start, as we will pick you up around 6am at your hotel on Koh Samui.

    Please note all our standard transfers are joint transfers in comfortable vans, seating up to 10 persons. Private transfers can be arranged on request at a surcharge.

    Please understand that we do not allow self-drive arrivals to Khaosok Boutique Camps. Both our camps are very difficult to find, there are no big signs or similar on the road. In the past, guests driving themselves could not find the camps easily, thus arrived late and missed activities – you will certainly agree that this is not desirable for anyone involved. Hence please understand that we decided to not allow self-drive arrivals anymore, and please feel free to make use of our free join program.

    Early transfers out are possible without problems. Please note that you might miss activities on your last day at Khaosok Discovery Adventure. Also, as early transfers are private transfers, therefore there will be additional private transfer surcharges.

    All Khaosok Discovery tour packages are fully inclusive of accommodation, full board, activities as per chosen itinerary, a fully trained, TAT-licensed English speaking Thai tour leader*, National Park fee, boat to lake, lunch as well as joint transfers to and from Phuket and Khao Lak as per our transfer options.

    Not included are soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities as well as personal acquisitions from our souvenir shop or the local markets.

    All prices shown are quoted in Thai Baht and are subject to change without prior notice.

    Payments are easiest made by PayPal. Once fully payment is received, your booking will be confirmed.

    Payment via bank transfer is possible on request, but might include a surcharge for bank transfer fees.

    Please note that tours have to be paid for prior to arrival.

    Please understand that, due to the remote location of our tented camps, we much prefer to receive bookings as early as possible, in order to plan all activities, food etc accordingly. Therefore, we cannot offer last minute discounts.

    As every individual walking this Earth is different, we cannot generally suggest one specific tour for families or couples. However, we have tried to give you some guidelines in our tour session.

    Khaosok Discovery Adventure Tours are run all year round. Please note that we are based in Khao Sok, one of Thailand’s wettest areas, with about 3,500mm rainfall per annum, so it can rain any day of the year. Vice versa, the sun may shine any day of the year. Please understand that rain usually falls heavily in showers during one or two hours – and thanks to the temperatures not dropping below 25°C during daytime this is usually a very pleasant experience.

    Monsoon Season, or Green Season, as we like to call it, officially starts in May and ends around October. This is the perfect time to travel: Temperatures drop slightly to a comfortable 25-32°C during daytime, nature shines up in a lush green, and the chances of spotting wildlife increase dramatically.

    As especially May, June, September and October are not super popular months for most of our clients to travel due to being summer/early autumn in their home countries, you may strike some surprisingly good deals and enjoy a more intimate experience, as guest numbers are on average lower.

    Khaosok Discovery, local operator with Thai signature, welcomes any open-minded traveler from anywhere on this world, with the very vast majority of our guests coming from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

    To place your booking, please simply choose your tour and follow the intuitive booking process. Should you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us.

    We offer day trips to any of our Khaosok Discovery Adventure. In order to offer an intimate elephant riding or bathing encounter with small groups, we suggest you to choose our day trip program from tour session. Besides, we recommend staying overnight in a tented camps in the rainforest of Khaosok is an experience you certainly won’t forget too soon.

    Please bring non-slip shoes like sturdy sandals or trainers, loose comfortable clothes, sun protection (disposable raincoats are available on every van, but we would like to encourage you to bring a re-usable one with you to save the environment), swim wear for use at in the river or lake. Please also remember to bring your passport for the check in process.

    Khao Sok is not a typical malaria area, and usually free of malaria. However, we always advise to consult a tropical doctor before traveling to Thailand.

    YES. Although we have all accident and group insurances exceeding requirements by the Thai law, please understand that we can only welcome guests to Khaosok Discovery who do have personal travel insurance.

    Despite this common myth, elephants are not at all intimidated or scared by little mice but the mice can annoy them.

    Asian elephants consume up to 200kg of food a day, the intake of African elephants can even exceed this. Their diet is strictly vegetarian, and they spend 16-18 hours a day looking for food rather sleeping!

    In spite of many people believing elephants would crave for peanuts, we cannot verify this. Our elephants much prefer sweet fruit like bananas, pineapples or water melon.

    Elephants are pregnant for 20-22 months, which is the longest gestation period of any living creature on this planet! They usually give birth to one single calf; the chance of having twins is about 1%. Babies weigh between 80-100kg at birth, and are breast-fed for approximately 3 years!

    African elephants (Loxodonta Africana) and Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) are different animal species, and cannot interbreed.

    It is true to say that the trend of riding or bathing the elephant is changed!!. Let us have a little explanation regarding to this detail that you can find from FAQ of top 15 questions.

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